• 2014 Kawasaki Mule 610 4x4 XC

The Kawasaki Mule 610 4x4 XC is the pumped up version of the 610 4x4 as it comes with a bigger ground clearance which helps it deal better with tough situations.

The side x side can transport up to two people and is powered by a 401 cc, four-stroke, fan-cooled single, OHV engine. The unit is fueled by a 4.1 gallon fuel tank and is mated to a continuously variable transmission with high and low range, plus reverse.

To be able to conquer any terrains without any problems, the side x side received a set of rugged 26" Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 radial tires, which are mounted on 12" wheels. Needles to say, you also get sturdy standard skid plates which are ready to protect the vehicle when things are getting tough. For enhanced versatility, the Kawasaki Mule 610 4x4 XC is also fitted with a 400-pound-capacity cargo bed.

Hit the jump for more information on the Kawasaki Mule 610 4x4 XC.

  • 2014 Kawasaki Mule 610 4x4 XC
  • Year:
  • Engine:
    Four-stroke, fan-cooled single, OHV
  • Transmission:
  • Energy:
  • Displacement:
    401 cc
  • Top Speed:
    25 mph
  • Price:


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Compact Side x Side is Tough Enough for the Backcountry

When the terrain on the job is just as challenging as the job itself, workers in even the most remote locations can rely on the strength of the Mule™ 610 4x4 XC side x side. With greater height and extra ground clearance compared to a standard Mule 610 4x4, this two-seat workhorse is reliable enough to handle whatever task comes up in the backcountry. Otherwise, it wouldn’t be rugged enough to be called a Mule!

The Mule 610 4x4 XC reveals its off-road capability with burly 26" Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 radial tires mounted on all-business 12" wheels. The aggressive treads widen the Mule’s track by 1.3 inches, while the extra rubber’s height increases ground clearance to 8.1 inches. Pair the additional traction of the radial tires with sturdy standard skid plates and you get a vehicle built to overcome obstacles and outperform the competition when the going gets rough!

In the fabrication shop, Kawasaki engineers decided to do more than adjust the suspension. After kicking the front bumper forward 1.2 inches to make room for those beefy tires, they enhanced the cockpit experience via a more ergonomically satisfying seat and a sport-oriented steering wheel. Wrapping up the process are seriously sporty black and blue graphics for hard work and even harder play.

In spite of its wide-ranging capabilities and radical design, you can be sure of the Mule 610 4x4 XC’s reliable and powerful drivetrain. A resilient, 401cc fan-cooled overhead-valve engine mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT) keeps all four wheels turning as needed, and simple automotive controls make operation simple. An enrichening system partially opens the throttle for easy engine starts in hot or cold conditions. In addition, this Mule can be started in 2WD or 4WD and in forward (Hi or Lo) or reverse gear, provided the brake pedal is applied. Verdict: this is not your grandfather’s 4x4.

MacPherson strut front suspension and rack-and-pinion steering combine great bump absorption with light handling, while the mid-engine layout and swingarm rear suspension provide plenty of traction in back. A powerful braking system brings it all to a reliable halt.

While it may appear focused on fun, the Mule 610 4x4 XC is all about hard work. A special black-texture paint applied to its 400-pound-capacity all-steel cargo bed allows even greater utility and durability, while a 1,100-pound towing capacity means you can haul whatever gear you need. Dual cup holders help keep riders hydrated while on the clock, a large glove box can carry more than just gloves, and the front hood pops open to reveal more than 12 gallons worth of storage. Popular accessories include an enclosed cab, snow plow, winch and soft or hard tops, all available through Kawasaki dealers.

2014 Kawasaki Mule 610 4x4 XC Key Features:

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• Extra-large 26" Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 radial tires mounted on 12" wheels offer substantial off-road capability
• Despite its 1.3-inch wider track than standard model, the Mule 610 4x4 XC still fits in a full-size pickup
• Large tires offer extra ground clearance – 8.1 inches – for excellent rough-terrain capabilities
• Standard skid plates for the front differential, engine and rear diff add protection and greatly reduce the chances of getting hung up on obstacles
• All-weather seat cover provides a secure perch for the driver and passenger
• Sporty graphics give the Mule 610 4x4 XC a bold look to match its mission
• A sport steering wheel from the Teryx side x side enhances control and appearance
• Optimum brake pedal ratio, strong master-cylinder mount and high-performance brake shoes provide substantial braking performance
• Stain- and scratch-resistant special black-texture paint in the cargo bed enhances the Mule 610 4x4 XC’s looks and durability
• Tailgate has a simple release for easy opening and closing

2014 Kawasaki Mule 610 4x4 XC Features and Benefits:

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Fan-cooled, single-cylinder engine

• Simple and lightweight 401cc four-stroke single is compact, lightweight and extremely durable
• Overhead valve design provides maximum efficiency, while the Mule 610 4x4 XC’s carburetor helps provide excellent fuel economy
• Fan cooling helps the engine maintain an ideal operating temperature
• Cab frame air intake draws clean, uncontaminated air for the engine from the top of the cab
• High-mount exhaust design keeps the system dry and out of harm’s way
• An oil-temperature warning lamp linked to a crankcase sensor help prevent overheating

Easy starting

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• The choke opens the throttle during starting so the accelerator pedal does not need to be depressed
• Stepping on the brake pedal allows the engine to be started in gear

Gear-driven engine balancer

• A rotating balance weight moves opposite the piston, dramatically reducing vibration and minimizing noise and wear for increased comfort and reduced fatigue

Environmentally friendly emissions

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• Carburetor settings reduce exhaust emissions, a good thing for the environment
• Positive crankcase ventilation system recycles blow-by gases to the intake tract where they’re burned in the engine
• A USFS-approved spark arrestor in the muffler greatly reduces fire hazard
• California models have a check valve on the fuel tank/charcoal canister connector hose to prevent gasoline from entering the canister when operating on inclines or over rough terrain

Kawasaki automatic power-drive system (KAPS)

• A simple and lightweight CVT (continuously variable transmission) is fully automatic and keeps engine speed in the most efficient range for any selected vehicle speed, load or terrain
• Fully automatic transmission features easily selectable 2- or 4-wheel drive
• An open-sided drive pulley runs cooler for maximum belt life
• Belt deflection can be easily adjusted by changing the shim thickness of the adjuster bolt located on the outside of the driven converter
• A die-cast aluminum belt converter has high silicon content for light weight, excellent toughness and maximum durability
• The belt converter case is sealed to keep out contaminants
• A long-wearing ATV-style double cog CVT belt provides long wear and minimal maintenance
• The belt converter’s air cleaner cover uses a clip-type clamp for easy maintenance and a tight seal
• A maintenance-free sealed bearing unit is used between the front and rear driveshafts

Dual mode differential

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• Locked mode provides maximum traction in difficult conditions
• Unlocked mode decreases turning radius and minimizes ground disturbance – great for use on grass

Rack and pinion steering

• Ackerman rack-and-pinion steering provides precise, accurate handling and a small turning radius that facilitates working in tight quarters
• Rack-and-pinion system is durable, simple, easy to maintain and helps reduce tire wear

Macpherson strut independent front suspension

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• MacPherson Strut front suspension serves-up a comfortable ride, excellent load-carrying capability and excellent terrain ability
• Simple, rugged single A-arm design provides a tight turning radius for extra maneuverability

Unit swingarm rear suspension

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• Unique design places engine and rear wheels on a sub-frame with a mid-point pivot that isolates vibration for a smooth ride
• Mule 610 4x4 XC’s rear end can handle heavy loads, yet provides a comfortable ride even with an empty cargo bed


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• The front grille includes space for mounting a 3,000-pound capacity winch
• Compact, lightweight and easy to transport to the job, the Mule fits in the bed of a full-sized pickup
• Durable plastic body panels resist dents, and the Mule 610 4x4 XC’s Super Black finish is molded in for long-lasting good looks

Safety equipment

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• Fully meets SAE Roll Over Protective Structure (ROPS) requirements for wheeled tractors under SAE J1194, 7.1.1, 7.1.2, 7.4, and 7.5, and FMVSS 216
• Speed electronically limited to 25 mph

Ample storage

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• The front hood opens up to reveal 12.6 gallons of sealed storage space
• A passenger side glove box is perfect for small item storage
• Cup holders located at each side of the front hood by the dash keep hydration close at hand

Tilting cargo bed

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• A steel cargo bed covered in non-slip paint can carry up to 400 pounds, and tilts for maintenance and cleaning.
• A Teryx-style tailgate with simple release mechanisms makes loading and unloading easy.

Simple maintenance

• A crankcase oil-level dipstick and dual-element air cleaner make maintaining the Mule 610 4x4 XC quick and convenient

Cab features

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• An automotive-style dash features easy-reach controls
• A standard-equipment hour meter makes maintenance intervals easy to track
• Fuel gauge and oil temperature warning light keep track of essential fluids
• Gear selector for High, Low, Neutral and Reverse couldn’t be simpler
• A differential locking lever and convenient parking brake are simple to find and operate
• Powerful and stylish 35w headlights let the work day continue after dark

Popular accessory items

• Under seat storage compartment
• Speedometer
• Plastic Hard Top
• Windshield
• Headrests
• Winch
• Snow Plow


Engine Four-stroke, fan-cooled single, OHV
Displacement 401cc
Bore x Stroke 82 x 76mm
Compression ratio 8.6:1
Carburetion Nikki 6C1026
Air filter Snorkel-type with two-stage dry replaceable element
Oil filter Automotive-type spin-on canister
Ignition Magneto and transistor
Electrical 12V DC, 14 amp-hour battery, alternator
Transmission Continuously variable transmission with high and low range, plus reverse
Final drive Shaft-driven selectable four-wheel drive, dual-mode rear differential
Exhaust Muffler with USFS-approved spark arrestor
Front Tire Size AT26 x 9R -12 Maxxis tubeless
Rear Tire Size AT26 x 9R -12 Maxxis tubeless
Front suspension / wheel travel MacPherson strut / 3.1 in.
Rear suspension / wheel travel Unit swing axle, adjustable shocks / 3.1 in.
Steering Rack and pinion
Brakes Four-wheel hydraulic drums, triple sealed
Fuel capacity 4.1 gal.
Curb weight 1,056 lbs.
Overall length 108.5 in.
Overall width 52.0 in.
Overall height 73.8 in.
Wheelbase 70.1 in.
Ground clearance 8.1 in.
Roll over protective structure (ROPS) This structure meets ROPS requirements for wheeled tractors under SAE J1194, 7.1.1, 7.1.2, and 7.5. This structure also meets FMVSS 216 Roof Crush resistance requirement
Cargo bed dimensions (LxWxH) 41.1 x 35.4 x 9.6 in. / 8.08 cu. ft.
Load capacity 926 lbs.
Cargo Bed Capacity 400 lbs.
Towing capacity 1,100 lbs.
Turning radius 11.8 ft. (differential unlocked)
Top speed 25 mph, governed
Lighting (2) 35w headlights, and 5/21w tail/brake light
Instruments Oil temperature meter, hour meter
Color Choices Vibrant Blue, Super Black with Special Edition Graphics
Warranty Kawasaki Strong 3 Year Limited Warranty
Kawasaki Protection Plus 12 or 24 months
Price $8,099
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